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Pasco Sheriff: Father dead, 2 children injured in Dade City shooting; 2 arrested

Pasco Sheriff: 1 dead, 2 juveniles injured in Dade City shooting
Posted at 4:03 PM, May 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-22 09:25:02-04

DADE CITY, Fla. — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) said an 18-year-old has been arrested for murder in relation to a shooting in Dade City that left two kids injured and a man dead Wednesday afternoon. A second person has been arrested in connection to the shooting.

Deputies were sent to the area of Johns Road in Dade City around 1 p.m. When they arrived, deputies found the three victims surrounded by multiple witnesses. The Pasco Sheriff's Office said the individuals knew one another and were involved in an argument when shots were fired.

PCSO's Jeffery Peak said the shooting happened after a fistfight broke out between two teenage girls. Peak said multiple individuals, including friends and family, became involved.

At some point in the fight, shots were fired. A 16-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy and the boy's father were shot. Neither of the girls involved in the fight were shot.

"This case is very troubling, very disturbing," Peak said.

The father succumbed to his injuries and has yet to be identified. Authorities said the 16-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy's injuries are not life-threatening and they are expected to recover.

Authorities identified Demetrius Roberts, 18, as one of the people involved in the shooting. He was initially arrested on charges of a delinquent in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. The sheriff's office later said Roberts was also charged with murder.

Another individual was arrested in connection to the shooting. PCSO said 19-year-old Julian Zayas was taken into custody for aggravated assault.

Zayas allegedly threatened to shoot and pointed a gun at a victim, PCSO said.

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